- The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun criticises Chief Olusegun Obasanjo over his comment on the recent governorship election in the state
- The APC says comment from Obasanjo at this stage shows disobedience to the laws of the country
- The party describes the former president's comment as unsolicited opinion and interference in the process of the court
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun, on Tuesday, January 22, condemned a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, over his comment on the 2018 gubernatorial election that produced Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Kunle Oyatomi, the Osun APC director of publicity, research and strategy, released a statement in Osogbo saying Obasanjo’s comment on the governorship election was a matter that should be left to the court to decide.
The report has it that Oyatomi said it was a pity that Obasanjo was using the privilege of his position to express an opinion that was subjudice to a case already in court.
Oyatomi, Legit.ng learnt, said the opinion as expressed by Obasanjo at this stage is not only unlawful, but a glaring disrespect for the rule and process of the law.
“This is more so because Obasanjo is using that case which is still disputed to illustrate unfairly his allegation that INEC cannot be trusted to run a free, fair and credible presidential elections next month.
“We advise Chief Obasanjo to limit his comment on a matter that is subjudice, otherwise, he would be laying a precedent that would be unhelpful to the rule of law
“Under our electoral law and the provisions of our constitution, INEC has the function of conducting all elections in the country
“And it is also empowered to declare an election valid or invalid if there is sufficient lawful reasons to do so.
“Osun’s case is not the first such instance of invalidation of any particular election which is deemed to be inconsistent with the laws of the federation as stipulated in the constitution and the electoral law.
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“Neither the APC nor the PDP or even Obasanjo can make a pronouncement on whether or not an election is conclusive or inconclusive after INEC has made a pronouncement.
“Only the court has such powers. Obasanjo’s comment is not only unsolicited, it is an unacceptable interference in the process of the court which he has no legal right to do,” Oyatomi said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Onasanjo had addressed the nation recently over some developments ahead of the 2019 election.
"I personally have serious doubt about the present INEC’s integrity, impartiality and competence to conduct a fair, free and credible election. And if the INEC is willing, will the ruling party and government allow it? From what we saw and knew about Osun state gubernatorial election, what was conclusive was declared inconclusive despite all advice to the contrary.
"The unnecessary rerun, if viewed as a test-run for a larger general election, would lead people to expect incidences of deliberately contrived, broken or non-working voting machines or card readers, confusion of voters as to their voting stations, inadequate supply of voting materials to designated places, long line to discourage voters and turning blind eyes to favour the blue-eye political party of INEC because the commission’s hands will be tied to enable hatchet men and women to perform their unwholesome assignment.
"The transmission and collation of results are subject to interference, manipulation and meddling. If the INEC’s favourite political party wins with all the above infractions, the result will be conclusively declared and if not, there will be a ‘rerun’, the result of which is known before it is carried out. I know that I am not alone in being sceptical about the integrity of INEC and its ability to act creditably and above board. But we are open to be convinced otherwise," Obasanjo had said in the address.
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